CanSolAir ASIA's Renewable Energy Development Division operates a 7.9 hectare Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) Research Facility in Erdenet, Mongolia (RETs CanAsia).

Mongolia is endowed with vast renewable energy resources. Harnessing these resources for research and development of RETs for the global community has been a major force in CanSolAir ASIA's establishment of the facility. In addition to an average of 275 days of sunshine per year this RETs facility offers one of the harshest climates in the world. A product that succeeds here will succeed in any climate.

We hope this high profile International RETs R&D facility will bring more involvement from scientists, engineers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, financial experts, publishers, architects, politicians and civil servants around the world.

Use of the facility is available to RETs companies from both industrial and developing nations.

While the future growth of global energy demand is expected to be mostly from industrialization of the presently developing countries. To date, that industrialization of nations has always been accompanied by an increased demand for fossil fuels.

However, the finiteness of fossil fuel reserves and large scale environmental impacts caused by their widespread use, particularly global warming, urban air pollution and acid rain, strongly suggest that harnessing of non-fossil energy resources is vital for steering the global energy supplies towards a sustainable path. Also, promoting renewable energy in developing countries is much easier compared to the developed countries where fossil fuel based energy infrastructures are already in place.

OBJECTIVE

The overall objective of the Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) Research Facility is to promote the research and diffusion of selected mature/nearly mature Renewable Energy technologies in a global market through the adaptation of the technologies to the local conditions.

In order to achieve the above objective, CanSolair ASIA's facility will involve a wide range of activities to be carried out at the facility and in target countries.

ACCEPTED RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

Acceptable technologies for research and development include: solar heating, concentrated solar, solar drying, solar photovoltaics, wind energy and water energy technologies as well as biomass energy.

For each of the RETs accepted at the facility, the main activities will be initial design of the RET device to overcome recognized technical problems and to suit local conditions, and its fabrication, testing and further modification, if necessary. Attempts will be made to associate entrepreneurs from the very beginning of RET adaptation efforts. The final product will be disseminated during different workshops on the facility's research programs, country workshops/ training programs/ demonstration and through renewable energy newsletters.

Apart from the selected RETs mentioned above, an attempt will be made to diffuse additional RETs by organizing training workshops for entrepreneurs from the selected countries. Different RETs will be discussed in these workshops so that the entrepreneurs would be exposed to and have an opportunity to invest in the RET's without significant involvement in the product's research and development.

Finally, Technology Transfer Forums will be organized to bring together INTERNATIONAL manufacturers/developers and entrepreneurs from selected countries in order to facilitate transfer of some of these additional RETs judged to be promising by the entrepreneurs.

AN INVITATION FOR COLLABORATION

The CanSolAir ASIA Renewable Energy Technologies Research in Asia (RETs CanAsia) Programme is eager to consider proposals for collaboration from international manufacturers/developers for jointly promoting renewable energy research and development in Mongolia.

   
"For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death." - Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990
   
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